A former co-worker says there was tension between George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, who both reportedly had overlapping shifts as security guards at a Minneapolis club.
In an interview with CBS News published Wednesday, David Pinney, who says he worked at the El Nuevo Rodeo club with both Chauvin and Floyd, says the two men “bumped heads.”
“It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue,” Pinney responded when asked to elaborate.
When the outlet asked Pinney, “Is there any doubt in your mind that Derek Chauvin knew George Floyd?” Pinney responded, “No. He knew him.”
“How well did he know him?” CBS News asked. “I would say pretty well,” Pinney replied.
In their upcoming “Justice for All” special, CBS News spoke to former club owner Maya Santamaria, asking her, “Do you think Derek had a problem with black people?”
“I think he was afraid and intimidated,” Santamaria answered.
When the outlet clarified, “By black folks?" Santamaria confirmed, “Yeah.”
Last month, Santamaria told KTSP Eyewitness News that Floyd and Chauvin “were working together at the same time” at the Minnesota establishment.
“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Santamaria told the station. “They were working together at the same time. It’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
Andrea Jenkins, vice president of the Minneapolis City Council, also told MSNBC, “They were both bouncers at that restaurant for 17 years,” adding, “Officer Chauvin knew George. They were co-workers for a very long time.”
Because of Floyd and Chauvin’s reported relationship, Floyd’s family attorney Ben Crump is hopeful that prosecutors will charge Chauvin — who already faces second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter charges — with first degree murder.
“That is going to be an interesting aspect to this case, and hopefully upgrading these charges to first degree murder because we believe he knew who George Floyd was,” Crump told CBS.
On May 25, Floyd died after his neck was pinned to the ground by Chauvin’s knee.
The three other police officers involved — Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng — have all been charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter.